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Jacob D. Bylund



Jacob Bylund is an experienced trial attorney and serves on Faegre Drinker’s board, a leadership collective dedicated to setting the firm’s policies and strategy. Jacob measures success by the relative advantage gained for clients, not by the number or length of motions filed or depositions taken. He works collaboratively with the client team to find and develop weaknesses in the opposition’s case, then executes in accountable increments. The demonstrated ability to effectively manage a matter through trial, if needed to meet client goals, is critical to the early resolution of matters. Jacob has led trial teams in achieving many plaintiffs-side jury verdicts, many defense-side jury verdicts, directed verdicts, victories on summary judgment and arbitration victories for major clients. Maintaining a national practice, Jacob has represented clients in courts in more than 25 states and the District of Columbia.
Jacob also represents and counsels some of the nation's largest food and agribusiness companies in navigating industry specific issues and is a leader of the firm's food and agribusiness industry team. Jacob and his team stay abreast of market and industry issues to understand and anticipate clients’ business needs. Jacob also devotes time to firm, client and industry initiatives focused on attracting and retaining diverse talent for the firm, clients’ case teams and the practice overall.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska


University of Iowa College of Law
J.D. with high distinction, Order of the Coif (2003)

Iowa State University
B.A. (2000)

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • International Society of Barristers
  • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Iowa Bar Association
  • Nebraska Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • National Grain and Feed Association
  • North American Meat Institute

Firm Leadership

  • Board Member, 2023-present
  • Co-Vice Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Committee
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Group


  • Chambers USA — Iowa, Litigation: General Commercial, 2011-23
  • Great Plains Super Lawyers — Business Litigation, General Litigation, 2013-22
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2023
  • BTI Consulting Group — BTI Client Service All-Star, 2014-16, 2012
  • Law360 — Rising Star, Food and Beverage Law, 2015
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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